"ELEMENT - Biofusion III"
"This artwork speaks about the interconnection that exists between all being and non-being. The elements that make up life takes many forms and blend into each other.
The main structure was studied to develop a symbolic architecture.
All details have emerged instinctively and progressively.”
Sewer Tops Photography | Japan
There is a lot of beauty in Japan, most of what that country does in terms of design is simple and beautiful. I stumbled on these over the weekend and was awe-struck at the level of detail and craftsmanship. I dug a bit deeper and found out that the reason why each municipality was given creative freedom to create art on their manhole covers was to raise awareness for costly sewage projects and make them more palatable for taxpayers.
This has only been going on since 1985. Roughly 30 years and this is the breadth of creative design that Japan has put forth. Holy cow, this is so cool and beautiful. Thanks to photographer S. Morita for traveling around the entirety of Japan to capture each individual cover. There is about 6,000 different covers currently.
Human Organs Formed with Wild Plant Arrangements by Camila Carlow
UK-based, Guatemalan-born artist Camila Carlow was not deterred by the complexity of the human body when she was developing her series Eye Heart Spleen. For the project, she transformed a handful of normally grotesque, bloody organs into an array of greenery and beautiful blossoms.
Each of these plants is over 2,000 years old.
Rachel Sussman is on a quest to celebrate the resilience of life by identifying and photographing the world’s oldest continuous-living organisms. The plants you see above, from top to bottom:
1. Jomon Sugi, Japanese Cedar (2,180 to 7,000 years old, Yaku Shima, Japan)
2. Clonal Mojave Yucca (12,000+ years old, Mojave Desert, California)
3. La Llareta (3,000 years old, Atacama Desert, Chile)
4. Pando, Clonal Quaking Aspen (80,000 years old, Fish Lake, Utah)
5. Welwitschia Mirabilis (2,000 years old, Namib Naukluft Desert, Namibia)
6. Sagole Baobab (2,000 years old, Limpopo Province, South Africa)
7. Spruce Gran Picea (9,550 years old, Fulufjället, Sweden)